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Published:Monday | September 25, 2017 | 9:02 PMLivern Barrett

The trial of three soldiers accused of killing businessman Keith Clarke at his upper St Andrew home has been pushed back to next year. This is the latest delay in a case that has been before the court since 2012 when the three soldiers, Lance...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 9:10 AMLivern Barrett

The nation’s top prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn, has directed that a thorough investigation be conducted after a man admitted yesterday that he used the same land title to secure bail for persons accused of gun crimes, some of whom were not...

Published:Tuesday | September 19, 2017 | 9:00 AMLivern Barrett

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla yesterday suggested that some of the measures being put in place to clear the backlog of cases in the circuit courts are being undermined by inadequate staffing.Her concerns came on the same day chief prosecutor Paula...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 9:27 PMLivern Barrett

The country's chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn this morning expressed her frustration over the delays by the Ministry of Finance to honour its commitment to provide her office with additional staff. The comment came as the number of cases down...

Published:Saturday | September 2, 2017 | 9:25 PMLivern Barrett

Finance Minister Audley Shaw says he plans to propose a policy that will encourage self-financing public bodies to create scholarship funds for students. Shaw says this would be a great addition to the educational plant in Jamaica. He was speaking...

Published:Friday | September 1, 2017 | 9:00 AMLivern Barrett

A 2017 Mercedes Benz luxury car, which was purchased by the Government at a cost of $9 million, has been parked at the central Kingston offices of the Ministry of Finance gathering dust, a whistle-blower has revealed.The finance ministry confirmed...

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

One hundred and fourteen persons were murdered across Jamaica over a 20-day period that ended on Saturday. That is according to the latest statistics compiled by the police, and equates to an average of five murders per day between August 5 and the...

Published:Tuesday | August 29, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

From his home in St James, controversial Jamaican Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal has been busy leading a global recruitment effort that "encouraged individuals to carry out acts of terrorism in the name of the Islamic State" (ISIS) terror...

Published:Thursday | August 24, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

The Kingston pastor facing sex-related charges involving a 12-year-old girl has claimed that the allegations against him are part of a personal vendetta by the mother of his accuser even as the Harvest Temple Apostolic church group distanced itself...

Published:Tuesday | August 22, 2017 | 8:12 PMLivern Barrett

Well-known medical doctor, Jephthah Ford, is scheduled to be sentenced on October 27 following his conviction on corruption charges. The sentencing date was set in the Kingston and St. Andrew Parish Court this morning. Ford's attorney Patrick...

Published:Friday | August 18, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

A judge yesterday rejected a claim by well-known medical doctor Jephthah Ford that he offered a police investigator millions of dollars to release two Surinamese men and the $55 million they were held with because he was trying to help root out...

Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 8:59 PMLivern Barrett, Senior Gleaner Writer

Well-known medical doctor Jephthah Ford has been found guilty of corruption charges. The verdict was handed down in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court a short time ago by Parish Judge Simone Wolfe Reece. He is to return to court on August 22 when a date...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

A High Court judge has quashed the three-year marriage between an elderly man with a history of mental disorders and the woman employed as his caregiver and ordered her...

Published:Thursday | August 10, 2017 | 8:02 PMLivern Barrett

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has revealed that she has written to the Ministry of Finance requesting emergency approval to hire five attorneys. The request comes as statistics compiled by the DPP’s office show...

Published:Thursday | August 10, 2017 | 8:09 AMLivern Barrett

Paula Llewellyn, the nation’s chief prosecutor, has declared that the prison sentence handed to businessman Patrick Powell should serve as warning to other license firearm holders. Powell was given a nine-month prison sentence, at hard labour...

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

A Kingston pastor accused of repeatedly having sex with a 12-year-old girl before impregnating her is now being sought by detectives at the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA).Law-enforcement sources revealed...

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

Jamaica is on the verge of recording 900 murders this year, with more than four months still remaining.Since January 1, according to statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), 891 persons have been killed across the island, 158, or...

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

Amid reports that some public schools are still forcing parents to pay various fees, education minister Ruel Reid has described the practice as corrupt and has vowed to take strong action against the institutions involved.As a warning shot, Reid...

Published:Tuesday | August 1, 2017 | 8:00 AMLivern Barrett

Professor Brendan Bain has described as "very sad" the long legal fight he and his "beloved" University of the West Indies (UWI) had to endure over his dismissal as director of its Caribbean HIV/AIDS Regional Training Network.The respected academic...

Published:Saturday | July 22, 2017 | 7:00 AMLivern Barrett

Angella Hutchinson fought back the tears as she recounted yesterday how she contemplated taking her life and that of her then 10-year-old child after her teenage son was killed at the hands of the security forces in 2007.Hutchinson shared her...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:16 PMLivern Barrett

Supreme Court judge Justice David Fraser today told jurors in the murder trial of former police constable Mark Russell that the matter of credibility is the main issue for them to determine who they believe. Russell is on trial for the shooting...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:00 AMLivern Barrett

The prosecutor in the murder trial of a former police constable yesterday charged that the teenage boy he is accused of killing was "executed" because he had become a "bother" to the policeman and his colleague.To bolster this assertion, prosecutor...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:50 PMLivern Barrett

​The attorney representing former police constable Mark Russell in his murder trial says he is convinced of his client's innocence. Michael Jordan described the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers who testified against Russell as...

Published:Saturday | July 15, 2017 | 7:00 AMLivern Barrett

The teenage boy who was shot several times during a police-military operation in Whitfield Town, St Andrew, in 2007 was killed "almost instantaneously" by the second bullet, a forensic pathologist has testified.Dr S.N. Prasad Kadiyala said that...

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AMLivern Barrett

A St Andrew woman testified yesterday that her teenage nephew, Ravin Thompson, had a single bullet wound to the chest when a team of police and soldiers placed him on their vehicle and headed off to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).Andrea Thompson...

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